Chayner Maryam Amjad speaks out in The National Scot against Islamophobia blacklash following Orlando Massacre

As the world reels from the shock and injustice of Orlando Massacre, there has been a distinct effort in the way media, politicians and hate-spewing groups are framing this to increase Islamophobia. We also believe that the voices of queer latin and queer muslims are not being highlighted enough which is why we are delighted that Global Justice Now made the effort to create this letter signed by a diverse set of UK queer voices including us!

As part of the Global Justice Now campaign, Maryam (Momo) from our team was featured in the National Scot piece online and on the front page of the print edition. We especially love the picture they chose!

This is Maryam’s statement in full:

“As a queer muslim woman of colour immigrant British woman, I have had my fair share of identity crises with my faith and my sexuality and my nationality and anything else that you can throw at me. What I have realised very quickly is that my faith in Islam doesn’t hold any relevance to my sexuality. The violence we against the queer community is not because of Islam, or even Christianity or any religion but a result of the toxic masculinity that we grow up in, and is reinforced by society. That’s what we need to change.

Muslims are not the source of violence against our queer communities, it’s individuals who are acting on years and decades of being told that their masculinity is precious and that their masculinity is defined by being stronger, being able to destroy things, being able to hurt people.

Islam is not a religion that preaches this, and muslims around the world do not believe in destroying or hurting. It’s individuals, across the globe from every single community and corner and group who believe in destroying or hurting people as a way to achieve this flawed understanding of masculinity and strength.

And as a muslim queer, I want to acknowledge the beautiful way that the entire queer communities around the world have responded to this tragic incidence — by not bowing down to the pressure of Islamophobia, and by continuing to make a stand against a system of oppression that is the source of the violence against us all.”

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